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Chase H.Q.

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Chase H.Q.
System(s): Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Publisher: Taito
Developer:
Genre: Racing































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Master System
UK
£29.99[1][2] 7038
Sega Master System
FR
329[3]F 7038
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? 7038
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas 7038
Sega Master System
AU
$? ?



Sega Game Gear
JP
¥3,800 T-11017
Sega Game Gear
US
$? T-11018




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Chase H.Q., often known as Taito Chase H.Q. (タイトーチェイスH.Q.) is an action-driving game developed by Taito. Originally released in arcades, it was ported to the Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear.

Two sequels, Special Criminal Investigation and Chase H.Q. II were released for the Sega Master System and Sega Mega Drive, respectively.

Gameplay

Players take control of two police detectives as they attempt to capture criminals who are fleeing the city with their high speed cars. After evading other cars and obstacles and finally reaching the target, players must cause enough damage to fugitive vehicle before the time limit to finish the stage. While attacking from behind also works, hitting from sides causes most damage. Turbo boosts can be used (limitedly, 3 in each stage) for short time maximum speed.

A shop system exists in which players can purchase upgrades for their cars, for example bumpers to cause more damage, an extra turbo boost for the next stage, engine power-ups, and so on.

The game restarts from beginning with more difficult targets after all five stages are completed.

The Sega versions of Chase H.Q. are inspired by the original arcade version, but make a number of changes to gameplay (such as the addition of extra power-ups) and make huge cutbacks on graphical detail. Such changes likely make for a smoother experience on the Master System, but a less accurate one. The opposite case can be seen in Ocean Software's 8-bit home computer ports released around the same time (particularly the highly acclaimed Amstrad CPC and ZX Spectrum versions), which sacrifice speed in favour of visuals.

Magazine articles

Main article: Chase H.Q./Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Master System version

CVG UK 103.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Computer & Video Games (UK) #103: "June 1990" (1990-05-16)
also published in:
  • ACE (UK) #33: "June 1990" (1990-xx-xx)[5]

CVG UK 104.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Computer & Video Games (UK) #104: "July 1990" (1990-06-16)

CVG UK 105.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Computer & Video Games (UK) #105: "August 1990" (1990-07-16)
also published in:

Pixel GR 74.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Pixel (GR) #74: "Fevrouários 1991" (1991-xx-xx)

CVG UK 111.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Computer & Video Games (UK) #111: "February 1991" (1991-01-16)

Game Gear version

EGM US 031.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #31: "February 1992" (199x-xx-xx)

BeepMD JP 1991-02.pdfBeepMD JP 1991-02.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-02: "February 1991" (1991-01-08)
also published in:

BeepMD JP 1991-04.pdfBeepMD JP 1991-04.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-04: "April 1991" (1991-03-08)

Physical scans

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
83 №2, p20/21
86 [8]
86 [9]
83 [10]
61 [11]
86 [12]
55 [13]
65 [14]
93 [15]
50 №31
86 [16]
86 [17]
70 [18]
70 [19]
60 [20]
76 [21]
100 [22]
85 [23]
Sega Master System
77
Based on
18 reviews

Master System, EU
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, EU
® variant
ChaseHQ SMS EU Box R.jpg
Cover
Master System, AU
Taito Chase HQ SMS AU Cover.jpg
Cover
ChaseHQ SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, SE (Rental)

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
60 [24]
90 [25]
85 [26]
64 №6
70 №45
83 [27]
87 [28]
87 [29]
74 [30]
62 №24, p85
Sega Game Gear
76
Based on
10 reviews

Game Gear, US
ChaseHQ GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngChaseHQ GG US Box Front.jpg
Cover
ChaseHQ GG US Cart.jpg
Cart
Game Gear, JP
ChaseHQ GG JP Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngChaseHQ GG JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
ChaseHQ GG JP Cart.jpg
Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 85CFC9C9
MD5 08511C5CF0DF0941B10EBF28050AFE51
SHA-1 495E3CED83CCD938B549BC76905097DBA0AAF32B
256kB Cartridge (EU)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 7BB81E3D
MD5 3CD1A4C27E330BBA7703EE22AC83B856
SHA-1 B757B45A07AE6530443862E0ECA547E16C23B4A3
128kB Cartridge (JP)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 C8381DEF
MD5 C72556C76D431B545DD56BDCC536A89F
SHA-1 6D6209C642B854EAA43DA81B311C04A7579D9A17
128kB Cartridge (US)

References

  1. Raze, "September 1991" (UK; 1991-07-25), page 76
  2. Computer & Video Games, "June 1990" (UK; 1990-05-16), page 105
  3. Player One, "Septembre 1990" (FR; 1990-xx-xx), page 45
  4. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "February 1992" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 33
  5. ACE, "June 1990" (UK; 1990-xx-xx), page 28
  6. Computer & Video Games, "September 1990" (UK; 1990-08-16), page 80
  7. Beep! MegaDrive, "March 1991" (JP; 1991-02-08), page 70
  8. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 94
  9. The Complete Guide to Sega, "" (UK; 1991-05-xx), page 54/55 (54)
  10. Computer & Video Games, "June 1990" (UK; 1990-05-16), page 94/95 (94)
  11. Computer + Video Giochi, "Giugno 1991" (IT; xxxx-xx-xx), page 88
  12. Game Mania, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 81
  13. The Games Machine, "September 1990" (UK; 1990-xx-xx), page 62
  14. Hobby Consolas, "Marzo 1992" (ES; 1992-xx-xx), page 30
  15. Joystick, "Juillet/Août 1990" (FR; 1990-xx-xx), page 108
  16. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-xx-xx), page 129
  17. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-xx-xx), page 132/133 (132)
  18. Player One, "Septembre 1990" (FR; 1990-xx-xx), page 44/45 (44)
  19. S: The Sega Magazine, "June 1990" (UK; 1990-xx-xx), page 16/17 (16)
  20. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 55
  21. Sega Pro, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-11-21), page 18 (20)
  22. Tilt, "Septembre 1990" (FR; 1990-xx-xx), page 84
  23. Zero, "August 1990" (UK; 1990-xx-xx), page 79
  24. ACE, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-10-08), page 109
  25. Computer & Video Games, "September 1991" (UK; 1991-08-15), page 89
  26. Game Mania, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 70
  27. Joystick, "Juillet/Août 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 190
  28. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-xx-xx), page 131
  29. Mean Machines Sega, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-xx-xx), page 137
  30. Sega Pro, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-16), page 38
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Games in the Chase H.Q. series for Sega systems
Chase H.Q. (1990) | Chase H.Q. II (1992) | Special Criminal Investigation (1992) | Taito Chase H.Q. Plus S.C.I. (1996)